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Seller: ancientgifts (4,531) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382081504038 Myths & Legends: Egypt by Lewis Spence (Illustrated). NOTE: We have 75,000 books in our library, almost 10,000 different titles. Odds are we have other copies of this same title in varying conditions, some less expensive, some better condition. We might also have different editions as well (some paperback, some hardcover, oftentimes international editions). If you don’t see what you want, please contact us and ask. We’re happy to send you a summary of the differing conditions and prices we may have for the same title. DESCRIPTION: Hardcover with dustjacket. Publisher: Bracken Books/Studio Editions (1986). Pages: 340. Size: 8¾ x 5¾ x 1½ inches; 1¼ pounds. Summary: In silent stone, the mighty monuments of Egypt have preserved the mythology of one of the world’s greatest civilizations. They stand witness not merely to the fabulous wealth and power of the Pharaohs, but to the all-embracing nature of the beliefs, rituals, and legends of this ancient people. Pyramids, temples, and tombs excavated by modern archaeologists reveal sculptures and hieroglyphs depicting strange rites and images, including men with animal heads; the gods and goddesses of the ancient kingdom. The discovery of the Rosetta Stone in 1799 A.D. enabled the enigmatic hieroglyphic language to be deciphered, and from these and other fragments of evidence; coffin texts, “The Book of the Dead”, and later accounts, the history and culture of ancient Egypt has been pieced together. Ancient Egypt recognized a vast multitude of gods and goddesses. One of the Pharaohs about 4,000 years ago attempted to accommodate them all under one roof. The result was a labyrinth containing some 3,000 individual temple rooms. Besides the great gods; Ra, the creator of good and evil; Osiris, the resurrection god; Isis, Horus, the evil Set and Thoth, there were deities to represent every phase and function of life, every hour and every month. There were nature gods, animal gods, human gods, gods of the living and gods of the dead. And, as if this weren’t enough, they imported gods and goddesses from other cultures and nations. There were ghosts too. Enemies of the living, they were believed to creep forth from tombs, their mummy bandages awry, revealing semi-decayed flesh. They could such the breath out of babies, or rock them to sleep; the sleep of death. This volume presents the reader with an authoritative guide to Egypt’s ancient mythologies and beliefs. The author begins with a general introduction to the subject, recounting the stages in modern understanding of the Egyptians. Then the myths and legends are described, from the rise of the great Neolithic civilization which arose alongside the Nile, to the Graeco-Roman Age. Blending the history of ancient Egypt with the evolution of religious cults, beliefs, and stories, the author navigates the reader through the Egyptian dynasties. He pays special attention to the periods when the religious myths were formulated and the greater gods came into prominence. The popular beliefs and customs of the ancient Egyptians are represented in folk tales, verse, and songs. There are forty-eight illustrations depicting scenes from the legends as well as sculptures and mummies found in the tombs. CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Unread hardcover w/dustjacket. Bracken Books/Studio Editions (1986) 340 pages. The inside of the book is pristine; the pages are clean, crisp, unmarked, unmutilated, tightly bound, and unread. From the outside of the book the closed page edges show modest but clearly discernible tan-colored age speckles/spotting (known as "foxing"). The "foxing" is visible of course only when book is closed, not to individual pages, only to the mass of closed page edges (sometimes referred to as the "page block"). The outside of the book is otherwise clean and without blemish except for very, very faint edge and corner shelfwear to the dustjacket and covers. The dustjacket is virtually flawless; the covers evidence only faint edge and corner shelfwear. Considering the book is 30 years old, and considering that the paper used to produce the pages is very characteristic of the 1980's, it is in very good condition. Except for the "foxing" to the surfaces of the closed page edges, the overall condition of the book is otherwise consistent with what could pass as "new" stock from a bookstore environment wherein new books might show faint signs of shelfwear, consequence of simply being shelved and re-shelved. Satisfaction unconditionally guaranteed. In stock, ready to ship. No disappointments, no excuses. PROMPT SHIPPING! HEAVILY PADDED, DAMAGE-FREE PACKAGING! Selling rare and out-of-print ancient history books on-line since 1997. We accept returns for any reason within 14 days! #2015L. PLEASE SEE DESCRIPTIONS AND IMAGES BELOW FOR DETAILED REVIEWS AND FOR PAGES OF PICTURES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Superb, in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, numerous deities, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, other topics. Chapter Headings/Contents include: 1) Exploration; 2) History and Customs; 3) Priesthood; 4) Mysteries and Temples; 5) Cult of Osiris; 6) Great Gods; 7) Egyptian Literature; 8) Magic; 9) Foreign and Animal Gods, 10) The Late Period. James Lewis Thomas Chalmbers Spence was a Scottish journalist, folklorist, poet and occult scholar. A prolific writer, Spence has been credited in reviving the study of Scottish folklore. After an early career in Scotland as a journalist, about 1906 he began to take a keen interest folklore and mythology. He wrote about Brythonic rites and traditions in The Mysteries of Britain (1905). In this book, Spence theorized that the original Britons were descendants of a people that migrated from Northwest Africa and were probably related to the Berbers and the Basques. This theory is partially supported by modern day genetic analysis, insofar as Basques and Scots (along with Irish, Portuguese, Welsh and Dutch) have a high frequency of some very ancient Y-chromosomal lineages. He then turned to ancient Mexican and Central American mythology. In 1908, he published “The Popul Vuh”, the sacred book of the Quiché Mayas. This was followed by A Dictionary of Mythology in 1910 and numerous additional volumes. Over his long career, he published more than forty books, many of which remain in print to this day. REVIEW: James Lewis Thomas Chalmers Spence (1874-1955) was a Scottish journalist, poet, author, folklorist and occult scholar. Spence was a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and Vice-President of the Scottish Anthropological and Folklore Society. Spence was born in 1874 in Monifieth, Angus, Scotland. After graduating from Edinburgh University he pursued a career in journalism. He was an editor at The Scotsman 1899-1906, editor of The Edinburgh Magazine for a year, 1904–05, then an editor at The British Weekly, 1906-09. In this time Spence's interest was sparked in the myth and folklore of Mexico and Central America, resulting in his popularisation of the Mayan Popul Vuh, the sacred book of the Quiché Mayans (1908). He compiled A Dictionary of Mythology (1910) and numerous additional volumes. Turning his interest closer to home, he investigated Scottish folklore. An ardent Scottish Nationalist, he unsuccessfully contested a parliamentary seat for Midlothian and Peebles Northern at a by-election in 1929. He also wrote poetry, collected in 1953. Spence wrote about Brythonic rites and traditions in Mysteries of Celtic Britain (1905). In this book, Spence theorized that the original Britons were descendants of a people that migrated from Northwest Africa and were probably related to the Berbers and the Basques. Over his long career, he published more than forty books, many of which remain in print to this day. Spence was also the founder of the Scottish National Movement which later merged to form the National Party of Scotland and which in turn merged to form the Scottish National Party. Spence died in Edinburgh in 1955 aged 80. REVIEW: This volume presents the reader with an authoritative guide to Egypt's ancient mythologies and beliefs. The author begins with a general introduction to the subject, recounting the stages in modern understanding of the Egyptians: then the myths and legends are described, from the rise of the great Nilotic civilization to the Graeco-Roman blending the history of ancient Egypt with the evolution of religious cults, beliefs and stories, the author navigates the reader through the Egyptian dynasties. He pays special attention to the periods when the religious myths were formulated and the greater gods came into prominence; the popular beliefs and customs of the ancient Egyptians are represented in folk tales, verses and songs, and there are 48 illustrations depicting scenes from the legends as well as sculptures and mummies found in the tombs. TABLE OF CONTENTS: I. Introductory. II. Exploration, History and Customs. III. The Priesthood: Mysteries and Temples. IV. The Cult of Osiris. V. The Great Gods. VI. Egyptian Literature. VII. Magic. VIII. Foreign and Animal Gods: The Late Period. Glossary and Index. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: In this classic study, a noted mythologist made perhaps the first serious attempt to review the religious history of ancient Egypt in the light of the science of modern mythology. Instead of regarding Egyptian mythology and legend as unique, “classic”, and inviolate as did many Egyptologists, Spence saw Egyptian religious thought as part of world mythology, rooted in primitive conceptions common to mankind as a whole and related to those of many other cultures. In support this these, Spence offers an immensely erudite in-depth survey of the broad spectrum of Egyptian gods and goddesses, cults and beliefs, as well as a concise review Egyptian history, manners, customs and archaeology. Animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, and other aspects of early religious beliefs are explored in an introductory chapter. The author then goes on to discuss the Egyptian priesthood, mysteries and temples, the cult of Osiris; Ra the Sun-God, Anubis, Horus, Thoth, and numerous other deities; the Book of the Dead, the birth of Hatshepsut, sacred trees, alchemy, the festival of Bast, Egyptian art, magic, and amulets, legends; and a host of other topics. Enhanced with over 50 photographs and illustrations, this book belongs in the library of any student of ancient Egypt or of early man's attempts, through mythology and legend, to give order, meaning, and purpose to his world. REVIEW: A classic and quintessential review of the religious history of ancient Egypt in the light of the science of modern mythology. Superb in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, numerous deities, Book of the Dead, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, legends and a host of other topics. Erudite, clearly written work, enhanced with over 50 photographs and illustrations. REVIEW: An authoritative guide to the ancient rituals and stories of the Nile Valley. The legends discussed are from the earliest dynasties to the Graeco-Roman age. For students of myth and history, as well as the general reader, this book is an invaluable guide to Egyptian beliefs and culture. REVIEW: This superb in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, cult of Osiris, numerous deities, Book of the Dead, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, legends, and a host of other fascinating topics. An erudite, clearly written work, enhanced with over 50 photographs and illustrations. REVIEW: Superb, in-depth survey explores animism, totemism, fetishism, creation myths, Egyptian priesthood, numerous deities, alchemy, Egyptian art and magic, other fascinating topics. Includes over 50 photographs and illustrations. REVIEW: One of the earliest attempts to review the religious history of ancient Egypt, from an in-depth survey of the gods and goddesses to the cults, beliefs, and history of the Egyptian people. Illustrated. READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Lewis Spence's "Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends" was originally published in 1915, seven years before the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Spence, a folklorist and student of the occult, approaches Egyptian myth in terms of the then-relatively-new study of world mythology; his debt to James Frazer's The Golden Bough is evident, as is his tendency to quarrel with then-renowned Egyptologist E.A. Wallis Budge. (This is the same Wallis Budge of whom James Spader's renegade Egyptologist in the movie Stargate scornfully says, "I can't believe they're still reprinting him.") Some expository sections of this book are relatively heavy going. At other times, when Spence simply shares with us some of the myths and legends, the book soars. Helpfully illustrated with photographs of papyri, statuary, mummies (human and animal), pyramids, and temples, as well as some paintings by book illustrator Evelyn Paul that capture the lush and romantic quality of the myths. The ease with which Spence uses words like "barbarian" and "savage" may grate on modern ears. Still, it's a helpful if somewhat dated survey. REVIEW: The details this book gives are extraordinary and the accompanying plates and illustrations are wonderful, though on occasion their quality is waning. I particularly found fascinating the study of the five parts of the being and their capabilities when the body containing them was alive or deceased. The influence of dreams is also looked at, albeit briefly. My only real complaint might be that since it was written in the early twentieth century, Pharaoh names and place-names are rendered differently, which is a bit odd, and the authors habit of referring to the ancient Egyptians as savage and primitive gets a bit annoying. I realize that this is only a reflection of the attitude of his day, and thus I will not hold such against Mr. Spence as the rest of the work more than makes up for these blemishes of preference. REVIEW: You could tell that it was written in the last century off of it's writing style without even having to look at the publication date, but that was just fine with me. Some people have a harder time reading things that are written in this way, or they think it's annoying, but I had no problems with it. I picked it up research into the myths and stories of Egypt, and I got not only some stories that I had never heard before, but also a look into how these stories originated, how they affected Egyptian culture, and the history that could be taken from them. All in all, good for the light research I was looking for. REVIEW: This is a very old book, so the understanding of Ancient Egyptian culture is pretty outdated. It is still fairly in line with the circumstances during the late New Kingdom around the time when the empire was really starting to finally fall apart. This book does contain a very satisfying account of the major myth narratives unique to that civilization, and anyone seeking to know those stories will be able to find them here. Overall, the meat of the book is its content, and it's content is very good. The fat of Spence's opinions which ornament the content, that fat is outdated. But for a reader who can cut past the fat to pull out the meat it garnishes will find a meal very worth eating, or a book well worth being read. (But maybe compliment this book with the wine of The Culture of Ancient Egypt by John A. Wilson, who is much fairer in presenting the historical religious development without imposing anachronistic assumptions. REVIEW: This was a very interesting read. The importance of the Egyptian cultures through the ages cannot be under represented. It was incredibly interesting to see how many Judaic and therefore Chritian characteristics a social response to the Egyptian culture which was a major world cultu. Truly a wonderful excursion into myth and religion. REVIEW: This book is very informative. Because it was originally written in 1912, a lot of the information seems outdated; however, if you enjoy learning about ancient Egyptian lore, I found this to be an excellent read. I found the book to be a little disorganized, but it contains information that gives you a basic understanding of the ancient Egyptian culture. Definitely a good reference for any paper you may need to write. REVIEW: Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends is the best collection of Egyptian myths I've found anywhere. Every aspect of Egyptian gods and deities was mentioned in full detail. You have a question, I promise it will answer. Definitely a book to add to your shopping cart if you love Egyptian mythology. REVIEW: Ancient Egyptian Myths and Legends is the best collection of Egyptian myths I've found anywhere. Every aspect of Egyptian gods and deities was mentioned in full detail. You have a question, I promise it will answer. Definitely a book to add to your shopping cart if you love Egyptian myth. REVIEW: This book is great for lovers of Elizabeth Peters' Amelia Peabody novels---it shows the state of knowledge about ancient Egypt in the early 20th century. This book was published originally in 1915. It's a classic, but of course not “THE” source for up-to-date scholarship on ancient Egyptian religion, though occasionally quite insightful. REVIEW: I enjoyed this book, especially the number of day to day stories that were shared. Spence's voice is entertaining too, as he inserts commentary on his own writing as well as on previous works on the subject of Egyptian lore. REVIEW: Retells a variety of ancient Egyptian myths and legends about magical worlds, gods and goddesses, humans, fantastic creatures, battles for power, and murderous plots, explaining their origins and lasting popularity. REVIEW: An interesting, illustrated study of Egyptian mythology, illuminating ancient Egyptian religious practices and the pantheon of gods and goddesses. REVIEW: This book was a lovely collection of Egyptian myths and literature. The translations were great. The section on Egyptian literature is the nicest, some fantastic stories. REVIEW: This is a scholarly approach to Egyptian Myths. It contains excellent information and will serve as a reference book in my library. REVIEW: This book is a lovely bunch of retellings of Egyptian myths. Good for some interesting stories. REVIEW: I enjoyed reading this interesting book though it is not a new one. I found it so informative and it encouraged me to read more about Ancestors Egypt. REVIEW: I have a little thing for Greek history. I like the Pyramids the wall drawings the whole deal. This book is fun for me. REVIEW: Excellent reference covering multiple myths and legends. Recommended for any Egyptian library bookshelf. 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My wife also is an active participant in the "business" of antique and ancient jewelry, and is from Russia. I would be happy to provide you with a certificate/guarantee of authenticity for any item you purchase from me. There is a $2 fee for mailing under separate cover. Whenever I am overseas I have made arrangements for purchases to be shipped out via domestic mail. If I am in the field, you may have to wait for a week or two for a COA to arrive via international air mail. But you can be sure your purchase will arrive properly packaged and promptly - even if I am absent. And when I am in a remote field location with merely a notebook computer, at times I am not able to access my email for a day or two, so be patient, I will always respond to every email. Please see our "ADDITIONAL TERMS OF SALE." TRANSLATE Arabic Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Hindi Japanese Korean Swedish Portuguese Russian Spanish Condition: VERY GOOD. 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